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Is Your Pet “chipped”?

by May 19, 2015

What happens if your family pet suddenly turns up lost?    You may have a tag on them and the finder may decide to do the decent thing and contact you.    But what if that tag has been lost  (they frequently are)?   There’s a good chance there is no tag.    Regardless, a microchip provides permanent identification that cannot fall off, be removed or become difficult or impossible to read.    A microchip may just serve as the conduit to reunite you and your pet.   Dog or cat.       A microchip is not a GPS.   It’s not a tracking device.   They are instead a radio-frequency identification implant that does not require a power source.   There is no battery in it.   The microchip gets power from the external scanner and then transmits the number to the scanner.    Veterinarians and rescue centers all have scanners that can read the chips.    The microchip is inserted under the loose skin between the shoulder blades with a sterile applicator.   It only takes a few seconds as though it was a simple vaccination.    The chip has been compared to a grape seed.    Once microchipped the number needs to be registered with a pet recovery service.   If your pet is recovered by any of the multitude of rescues, etc. out there they will scan for a chip and report the number to the recovery services which will then contact you.

Bonus benefits of microchipping your pet

Some microchip registries offer additional services for your pet’s care:

  • Specialists available 24/7 to assist with advice and support if your pet is lost
  • Travel assistance for pets found far from home
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline
  • Lost Pet Alerts sent to a network of animal shelters, veterinarians, and concerned citizens around where your pet was lost.

Remember as long as there are pets, even those belonging to the most responsible parents, they will go missing.   That is why we are happy to sponsor a microchip clinic at the store on June 6 from 1-5 pm.    The cost is just $25 for the chipping and all proceeds will go to the Animal Protection and Education Charity.  

Grain Free…No corn or wheat!

by May 14, 2015

 

Probably 75% of the product we have in dog and cat food kibble is totally grain free.    Now let’s discuss what grain free means.    Or perhaps more importantly what it does not mean.    In the case of dog and cat food kibble some starch is needed to make the extrusion process work.    That is the process that very quickly heats under steam and pressure and expands the product which then is cooled and contracts to form a hard kibble.    That’s a very simple description but generally accurate.    That starch has traditionally come from rice,  pearled barley and occasionally oat groats in the best quality foods.    These are ingredients that rarely cause any issues for your pets.    And they provide a source of carbohydrate (energy) as well.   Good recipes limit their inclusion rate and rely on meat for protein (amino acids).   They do NOT have corn or wheat!    Grocery store and big box store brands will frequently utilize corn or corn by-products and frequently wheat as well.   Not good stuff in that their inclusion at high levels in these brands creates all kinds of issues with potential allergens as well as amino acid balancing challenges which can provide your pet sub-par nutrition.    Remember that article on skin issues and rough hair?    True grain-free foods still (in most cases) utilize starch in the process.    But they turn to potatoes, sweet potatoes, lentils and/or tapioca as starch sources.   Hence they are labeled “grain free” as they do not even utilize rice or barley.      Their protein level is typically higher.   And the dog will in most cases leave you with less poop to deal with.   And much more limited chance of an allergic reaction.    They are the “best” of the best.

We also carry a large selection of totally grain free treats for dogs and cats.    There is absolutely NO WHEAT in any of our treats.    Not what your dog or cat needs!

The Orijen Story….From Whole Dog Journal

by May 12, 2015

Champion Petfoods: This Canadian company makes high-quality dry foods with lots of fresh meat.

 

Orijen is Champion Petfood’s flagship line, with high meat inclusions and high protein levels. All seven of the Orijen foods are grain-free.

 

 

 

 

Champion Petfoods is a privately held company that makes high-protein dry dog foods with a high inclusion of meat, much of it fresh. The company calls its guiding principle “BAFRINO,” an acronym that stands for “biologically appropriate, fresh regional ingredients, never outsourced.” As of this writing, all of Champion’s dry foods are made in its own manufacturing plant in Morinville, Alberta, though the company is currently building a second dry food manufacturing plant in Auburn, Kentucky. Champion also manufactures freeze-dried foods at its own plant in Oakville, Ontario.

 

For the rest of the story please copy and paste this link:

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/18_5/features/Pet-Food-Profile-May-2015_21212-1.html

 

Disappointed Blue Customers….Welcome Here! 15% Off

by May 9, 2015

You may have heard the news that Blue admitted in court that there was at least one ingredient in their pet food that was not on the label.   Blue had been vigorously defending the integrity of their pet food labeling ever since it was challenged by Purina last year.   Now they have admitted that in fact there were ingredients found in their food that was not on the label.    One can only speculate as to how or why this happened but it may be that a co-packer is responsible for the issue.     In the case of a co-packer the brand holder does not have direct control over the ingredient purchasing or quality control process in manufacturing.      That is why we at Wholesome Pet Essentials make every attempt to avoid product produced by a co-packer.   (Please see blog post dated April 14….)   Fromm, Merrick. Holistic Select, Earthborn, Nutrilife (Fromm produced), Whole Earth Farms (a Merrick label), Natural Planet and of course Orijen are all produced by their own production facility.   They are responsible for their own ingredient purchasing and quality control.     All of these present excellent alternatives to the Blue line!    Bring in your blue bag or label and receive 15% off any of our quality alternatives.     Offer not valid with other discounts.    Expires June 30th.    

My Dog’s “Coat” is not very Shiny

by May 4, 2015

Are you feeding one of the grocery store or big box brands of dog food?   Or one of the “chow” products?    Disappointed in your dog coat’s appearance and feel?     Did you realize that dogs and cats use 30-35% of their dietary protein to maintain healthy skin and coat?     That’s why they need high quality biologically available protein in their diets.     A dog or cat on high quality protein will feature a healthy shiny coat and skin.    That will not come from a product high in corn, soy, corn gluten meal, distillers grains, corn germ meal, soybean meal, etc.       A high quality meat based protein provides the necessary amino acid profile needed to provide the skin and hair coat you and your pet wants.    More on that later……

Whole Earth Farm Grain Free Recipe with Turkey & DuckSmall & Mini Breed Adult Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Dry Dog Food  Adult Dog Sojos Grain-Free Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Food MixAll Gold Dog Food

Alternative Chew(s) and a Recall

by April 27, 2015

Synthetic chew bones have either been praised or cussed by veterinarians. The recent recall by the FDA of the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kitdog chews due to the risk of salmonella infection to both the dog and the owners punctuates the latter. No current health issues have been reported but the company identified the presence of
salmonella in one lot during some recent testing. Nylon bones were introduced as a practical replacement for rawhide chews which had their own share of issues including potential obstruction in the digestive tract. They are designed to slowly granulate and pass through the dog’s digestive tract. However, there have been reports of dogs able to break off chunks of the synthetic bones and these pieces accumulating in the digestive system and ultimate require surgical removal. Porkchews have been an attractive alternative as they are more highly digestible than rawhide but unfortunately a large number of them come from China. Antlers, although a bit pricey, have been the gold standard for chews because of their long lasting characteristics and few if any side effects. However, there have been limited reports of dogs with less than perfect teeth experience some tooth breakage with antlers.
Enter…..

RUFF ROOTS
Ruff Roots are 100% natural dog toys that serve as an alternative to rubber or plastic toys. Ruff Roots originate from the roots of shrubs or trees in the Mediterranean Heathlands. All Ruff Roots are hand-harvested and eco-sustainably sourced from Spain. Only the tuber of the root is harvested which then sprouts again. Ruff Roots are great chew toys for furniture chewers like Rufus or any dogs that love to play with sticks. Unlike sticks or furniture wood, Ruff Roots do not splinter. They serve as a natural toothbrush and help decrease plaque on teeth as well. Ruff Roots are also great teething toys for growing puppies! Ruff Roots are best for keen and powerful chewers. They are extremely long-lasting.

And we have them at Wholesome Pet Essentials!

 

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